“Star Wars Rebels” premiered last fall on Disney XD and introduced us to an array of new characters. One of these characters was Sabine Wren - a teenager from Mandalore whose specialty is a graceful combination of artwork and demolitions. But how does the show's target audience, children, feel about her?
I started working on a Sabine costume off and on in September of last year. In May of this year, it was approved for trooping at events featuring the Rebel Legion and other Star Wars costuming groups. As a member of costuming charity groups, gauging how children and fans feel about your character is an easy task. I have trooped as Sabine several times since May and each time brings a different experience; but reactions are generally the same. Star Wars fans love Sabine!
Quite often adults tell me how much they love Sabine, but the kids love her even more. And Sabine fans are not limited to young girls -- boys love her equally. Children of all ages excitedly run up to me as Sabine wanting a picture, a high five, or some other interaction. Parents of these kids typically tell me that Sabine is their child's favorite character. Sometimes, when a child is less shy they tell me themselves!
When I started working on my Sabine costume, I knew she would be popular at troops since “Star Wars Rebels” is a currently running television series. But, as one of the female characters, I did not expect fan reactions to be as overwhelming and positive as they were. I am very happy to see how well-loved Sabine is, and I am proud to bring that personal level of interaction to fellow Star Wars fans, especially the kids.